We’ve all been there…. Walking out on the hot pavement on a hot, sunny day. In the same way, traditional asphalt shingled roofs tend to absorb heat, making the roof heat up. And long after the sun goes down the heat in those shingles remains until cool. Even with a properly ventilated attic, the heat is going to remain inside for quite some time after sundown. As your air conditioning unit (A/C) senses the extra warmth, it works harder to combat it. As a result, of course, you will see bigger electricity bills. Unlike asphalt pavement or asphalt shingles, metal roofing works to keep heat out so your air conditioner can take a break. The installation of a metal roof can be a bit costly because of the craftsmanship that’s required, but its benefits far outweigh the costs. You could stay comfortable, control energy use better, and protect your home all year round with a new metal roof. Rather than absorbing heat like asphalt shingles, a metal roof will reflect sunlight. The roof stays cooler, and no extra heat enters the home. Additionally, a carefully chosen color for the steel can help to re-emit up to 90% of the heat that is absorbed into the home. In urban areas, this can reduce air temperatures by nearly as much as 12 degrees. For those who like to look at the big picture as we enjoy our time here on earth, metal roofing is made with up to 95% recycled materials. Using old materials for new purposes is a great way to contribute back to our wonderful planet. Metal roofs are also long-lasting and durable. Depending on weather conditions, metal roofs can last over 50 years. That means no new materials need to be used or transported during that time aside from minor repairs. However, if you have gotten to the point when you want a different look or the roof needs replacing, it can be recycled and used again to continue the pattern of sustainability! Additional benefits of a metal roof are the wind speed rating and fire retardancy. They can withstand wind speeds up to 120 miles per hour. Compared to traditional shingles, metal roofs are highly resistant to impact. Not only do these features keep you and your family safe, but they also reduce the need for maintenance and increase the longevity of your roof. The cost savings on energy, maintenance and replacement will outweigh the higher price paid for a metal roof in the long run. And you might even want to stand out from the rest of the homes in the area – giving yours a WOW factor when your neighbors look out their window! The benefits of metal roofing stretch far beyond staying cool and comfortable during the heat of the summer. Give your A/C unit and your utility bill a break with a new metal roof. Stay cool friends!